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#Newcomics – March 30th, 2011

I would just like to apologize beforehand.  Sometimes I write really well, at least I think so, and sometimes I write really poorly.  Today is one of those days where I find myself doing the latter.  If you loathe unrealized reviews and synopses that seem to meander without ever really telling you anything READ NO FURTHER!  Today is just one of those days.

But it was a great day for comics and not only did I spend a paltry $30.91 on comics but most of them were awesome and a few really surprised me.  Sure some were subpar, but as a whole my #Newcomics were great.  So what did I get?

Doesn't Zabu look terrified here? Weird.

The Incredible Hulks #625
I think that Dale Eaglesham has it in him to draw a great Hulk book, but he needs to really fine tune his pencils.  Some panels that rely heavily on a sense of movement have characters hanging in the air instead of careening to the ground ready to smash.  The movement lines are there but the bodies don’t convey any motion.

That being said I like Eaglesham’s Hulk anatomy and the page where the Green Goliath rides into battle wearing the carapaces of Miek’s insect minions, looking like some savage insectoid samurai, was simply stunning.  Unfortunately even in such a great page the awesomeness of the Hulk is downplayed by the more eye-catching red tendrils of the creepy worm beast he’s riding.

Also for whatever reason the facial anatomy of the Hulk is a bit too perfect in a few panels and he just looks creepy.  I wasn’t too impressed with this little story line.  I don’t know if it’s because I don’t really enjoy the remnants of Planet Sakaar or what but I’m looking forward to Hulk going toe to toe with Betty in the next issue.  The cover looks amazing!
Rating: 2/5

The All-New Avengers

Age of X Universe #1
Alright, so none of the characters included in this Age of X offshoot have any personality besides the Hulk and Sue Storm, something I hope the next issue will hit us with when they’re in the thick of battle with the muties.

The leader of this band of Avengers and the narrator, Captain America, or whoever he might be, comes off about as appealing as cardboard while tormented souls like Banner grab the spotlight.  What this tale does well though is set a stage for the Age of X arc, revealing a little more of the world that Magneto and his fellow mutants are fighting in.  That was great but Mr. Spurrier, why did you have to beat down two of my favorite mutants, Maggot and Marrow?  Is this some sort of personal vendetta?  What did I ever do to you?

After seeing what Khoi Pham did on The Incredible Hercules and Chaos War the work he’s done here is unacceptable.  Maybe he was burnt out from doing such an awesome job on those titles that he didn’t have enough for this book.  Maybe he just wasn’t feeling inspired, but whatever the case he can do better.  I’ve seen it.  HOWEVER he did end up drawing one of the straight up creepiest Sabretooths I’ve ever seen.  Honestly, Creed’s a train wreck.  I couldn’t look away.

The Spider-Man tale was a little better, if shorter, simply because it worked with what we already know about the character, didn’t try to throw us any curveballs, and added to our knowledge of the Age of X universe.
Rating: 3/5

Avengers #11
I will say one thing, John Romita Jr. knows how to pull off epic.  Each page in this issue is it’s own spread, harkening back to such earth-shattering events as Superman’s fatal clash with Doomsday way back when.  It adds a gravitas that’s enhanced by Uatu’s solemn monologue.  What’s most important?  It doesn’t feel like a gimmick.  While I didn’t like Bendis’ first Avengers arc I’m really digging this one.
Rating: 4/5

Cyclops One-Shot

Cyclops One-Shot
There have been some depressing Cyclops tales churned out by Marvel in the past but this one-shot, by Lee Black and Dean Haspiel, shrugs off the shackles that burdened its sad predecessors and gets one thing very right: fun.  It’s such a simple word, so small and unassuming, but it’s just what Cyclops needs and just what Black and Haspiel deliver.

Black reminds us that Cyclops was a kid once, but even then he was a wet blanket, and that’s half the fun here. With beautiful colors by Jose Villarubia, Cyclops is thrust into a vibrant world of capes and clowns as he does battle with the Circus of Crime.  Of course he’s got Sun Tzu’s The Art of War with him (When doesn’t he?) but the ancient war text snippets add a bit of misplaced seriousness to the levity on the page that meshes well with Haspiel’s pencils and the light-hearted tone of the issue.

The fights with the Circus are well realized and I caught myself smirking at some of the details, like the Clown passing a little glass after Cyclops blasts him with his crimson force beam. Dean Haspiel does a wonderful job keeping the art uncluttered, focusing on details when necessary, but giving Villarubia enough space to ply his wonderful color magic to his pencils.  If you’re on the fence as to whether or not you want to purchase this book, just get it, you’ll be glad you did.
Rating: 4/5

Dead End for Elvis?

Proof: Endangered #4
I’ve gotta say that Proof surprised me this week.  It was a decent issue, and brings quite a few things to a head to be resolved next month, but I’m wondering what hold Death has over Grecian and Rossmo’s characters?  Someone dies here, maybe, but I won’t ruin the surprise.

What I really wanted to talk about is the two character biographies at the back of the book.  Colonel Dachshund and Mi-Chen-Po are spotlighted and I’ve gotta say I’m a sucker for that sort of stuff.

When an author and artist go out of their way to expand the backstory of their universe… it just makes me happy.  I love to know how much thought goes into the characters and world their characters live in and with so many great personalities waiting to be fleshed out in Proof this is a big step in the right direction.  Keep it up guys!

I also picked up Scalped #47, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8, Black Panther The Man Without Fear #516, and Ultimate X #4.  Of those I really enjoyed Scalped, some of Guy Gardner’s lantern constructs in Emerald Warriors were awesome to behold, Black Panther needs to get his shit together and take down Vlad, and Ultimate X needs to come out more regularly because I like Blob’s son.  For some reason, after only being in one issue, he’s the character I like most.

PEACE!

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#Newcomics November 10th, 2010

I only had to spend $29 this week on comics, woohoo!  Each and every week, regardless of what comes out, I find myself more hopeful and more excited about the future of the medium.  I think maybe by the time a week has passed I just need my new comic book fix and I’m a little loopy from all the waiting.  Then the unmitigated influx of new book goodness overwhelms my senses creating a feeling of euphoria… What?  On to the comics!

Cover for Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!

 

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #21
Story: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art: Mike Norton

There’s a lot to like about Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! whether you’re a DC kid or an adult fan of the Marvel Family.  This issue we’ve got a super-powered Black Adam, even more so than normal, facing off against the three Marvels.  Mike Norton does great work in every one of these issues and his uber cartoony style fits the tone of this book perfectly.

Unfortunately this is going to be the last Shazam! book for a while.  That being said, it was a great run.  From Mike Kunkel’s awesome start to Baltazar, Franco, and Norton’s stellar finish, I was always excited for this book.  In this issue there were a couple of things in the writing that felt rushed, Shazam nearly relinquishing his position to Billy for a hot second and Mary getting transformed to her smaller self, but I think they were just trying to tidy everything up for the end.  Sigh… I’m gonna miss this series.

Cover for Alan Moore's Neonomicon #2
Alan Moore's Neonomicon #2

 

Alan Moore’s Neonomicon #2
Story: Alan Moore
Art: Jacen Burrows

I don’t think there’s any question that Alan Moore is incredibly brilliant, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s roped me into an uncomfortably dark tale of sex and H.P. Lovecraft madness, but it is.  It is because this book pushes so many boundaries and I feel incredibly uncomfortable reading it, but I need to know what happens!

I don’t think I would have anyone else combine the Lovecraft mythos with highly sexual elements unless it was Alan Moore, but I never thought I’d say that either.  His obvious respect for both elements, makes this book all the more fun to read.

Jacen Burrows has done an impeccable job with the art and it perfectly compliments Alan Moore’s dark story.  Each page is built off of a four panel horizontal grid that gives a wonderful sense of space.  Each shot is basically its own establishing shot, drawing you deeper into the tale because you’re intimately aware of the character’s surroundings.  The colors are dark and muted and even during day shots, when the colors should be brightest, an irrevocable pallor seems to hang in the air.  Something wicked this way comes and I can’t wait for more.

Cover for She Hulks #1
She Hulks #1

 

She-Hulks #1
Story: Harrison Wilcox
Art: Ryan Stegman

They’re big, mean, and green and they’re hunting down the remaining members of the Intelligentsia.  Wilcox gets Jen Walters just right, nailing the superheroine and the not-so-mature lawyerly side of her like he’s been writing the jade giantess much longer than  he actually has.  As of now Lyra has always come off as a generally uninteresting blank slate, ready to be written well.  Hopefully with the introduction of her new high school career Wilcox’ll be able to make her a little more human and a lot more fun.  I have faith.

Stegman’s art, and his composition, is wonderful.  Here clarity is king.  Every panel is its own and for most pages he works off of a grid type structure.  Your never at a loss of where to go you can easily follow the flow of action across the page.  Also, thank you for getting rid of her stupid tiara/headband thingy.

This series is going to be fun.  Stegman knows how to draw women and Wilcox knows how to write them.

Cover for Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #4
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #4

 

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #4
Story: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Fernando Pasarin

Nearly everything coming out of the GL books has been gold recently and this issue is no exception.  Things on Daxam only seem to be getting worse after the loss of their yellow sun.  Sodam Yat is back and it looks like he’s building an army, something that I’m sure will spill over into the other GL books later.

Fenando Passarin keeps things uncluttered and incredibly clear which I can’t commend strongly enough.  When you keep your panels and pages free of clutter you help us read that much easier.  Props.  Tomasi has been writing these characters for along time now and it’s obvious he’s comfortable throwing them into any situation.  Out of the four Kilowog seems to be the group’s conscience.  While Guy’s always had a short temper, Arisa is still distraught over the loss of Sodam and Bleeze… well she’s rage incarnate.  Guy may be the leader but Kilowog is the rock and this new team is going to be fun to read.

Cover for The Incredible Hulks #616
The Incredible Hulks #616

 

Incredible Hulks #615
Story: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Art: Barry Kitson

Regardless of what’s happening here, I don’t much care what’s going on in the Incredible Hulks.  I think I sorta screwed myself by not reading any of the back ups or build up material to this story so the entire things just seems shallow and kind of sudden.  Ok, Hulk has two sons from his alien bride.  One is evil and is trying to fly a planet into Earth, Team Hulk to the rescue!  At least the art is clear and their are some really fun pages here.  Unfortunately I think this core Hulk book is suffering from an overabundance of less popular tie-ins.  Regardless, I’m going to follow this to the end.

Cover for Chew #15
Chew #15

Chew #15
Story: John Layman
Art: Rob Guillroy

The Harvey and Eisner awards got it right when they named Chew the Best New Series.  It’s quirky, grotesque, hilarious, increasingly oddball, and highly addictive.  Each issue ups the ante on the madness and it works so dang well.  There are very few books out right now that make me laugh, but this is one of them.

John Layman has done a superb job of laying this book some solid foundations, rooted mostly in crime drama.  Then, with each subsequent issue he increases the size and scope of the Chew universe to include elements of sci-fi and the occult in ways that are both totally ridiculous yet absolutely sensible.

Rob Gillory gets a lot of credit here for keeping up with a story that’s threatening to explode in every direction.  The guy draws cyborgs, killer roosters, alien foliage, vampires, wooly mammoths, and stacked babes and sometimes all of those in the same issue!  But really he deserves the most credit for drawing things that are so incredibly heinous and disgusting, the eating of human flesh, dead dogs, etc. etc., and doing it in a way that keeps my lunch down.  Great issue and it’s only getting better.

Cover for Avengers: The Children's Crusade #3
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #3

 

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #3
Story: Allan Heinberg
Art: Jimmy Cheung

I love Jimmy Cheung’s art.  Everything is so clear  and concise, and I really enjoyed his original run on Young Avengers.  The one gripe I have is that frankly, everyone looks almost exactly the same in his work.

I do have to hand it to Allan Heinberg though.  He’s writing a good story, the characters are snarky and have that sort of rebel with a cause feel, but the fact that he’s using Dr. Doom, the most overworked villain in the Marvel U, is slightly annoying.  What’s more annoying is that he’s really the only villain that makes sense here.

Then a world away, cause the little Avengers are hanging out in Wungadore, you’ve got the big Avengers trying to figure out what to do with the Scarlet Witch.  I’m excited for more.  Not only that but we’ve got probably the cutest gay couple in comics doing their thing… I like it lots!

Cover New Avengers #6
New Avengers #6

New Avengers #6
Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Stuart Immonen

Now I don’t want to say anything bad about Bendis, he’s a very skilled writer, but I haven’t been thoroughly enjoying the stuff he’s been putting out lately.  Nothing quite seems to stick.  I don’t know.

Stuart Immonen, as per usual, does a great job here.  Everything is easy to read and when panels and pages do start to get a bit chaotic (the Universe is at stake here), it only serves to enhance the story around it.  This book is fun but I’m left, just as in the other Bendis Avengers series, wondering what really happened and do I even care?